COUNCILLOR Graeme Miller has been confirmed as the new leader of Sunderland City Council.

The Washington South councillor, who was previously the council’s portfolio holder for health, housing and adult services, was elected leader at a full meeting of the authority.

He will be helped by Councillor Michael Mordey, who continues as deputy leader after being appointed to the post in March, and newly-appointed cabinet secretary, Councillor Paul Stewart.

Cllr Miller was first elected to the Washington South Ward in May 2006.

He has since held a number of positions, including member of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust’s Council.

With a particular interest in promoting good mental health as the basis for individual health and well-being, Cllr Miller is also a Health and Mental Health Champion for the people of the city.

Cllr Miller also represents the council and the city on a number of organisations including the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board and North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Welcoming his appointment, Councillor Miller, said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to have been elected to the position of Leader by my colleagues in the council.

“There is great deal for us to build upon from the IAMP through to the progress being made on redeveloping the former Vaux site and everything in between, in terms of continuing regeneration of our city and providing people with the best opportunities that we can.

“Our focus must be on providing the residents of Sunderland with the best services possible with the resources that we have available.”